Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The End of an Era

I'm not sure if there is even a reason to type this since my blogging has ceased and I know no one checks this anymore. If you do... here's an update: Sadly, I'm closing this blog. No more posts will be made. The good news: Me and my pastor Matt have decided to co-blog together. I can honestly say this will be not only more entertaining but also more edifying as we share our views on theology, ministry, and marriage that we discuss 90% of everyday. Please check it out here. Be a follower, leave comments, learn (mainly from Matt), and laugh (mainly at me). Plus, you'll get a unique look at our relationship as we seek to train families for a lifestyle of worship. I'm dropping a tear right now... but I must say it: Thank you to all 3 of the faithful followers. Goodbye. See you at

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday 5

  • I'm taking today off. So what have I done? I watched the Bruce Lee Story and Pearl Harbor. I came away with 2 conclusions: 1. Bruce Lee is a beast; and 2. It would have sucked to be Ben Affleck and be supposedly dead then come back to the love of your life and fine your best friend shacking up with her.
  • The weather is absolutely amazing... I should be outside instead of wasting all this time watching stupid movies.
  • I'm preaching next Sunday night. I love to preach.
  • Me and Megan have been working out with Matt and Jessica (Pastor and Wife). I really wished working out was one of those deals where you saw a difference after the first week... It would be so much easier to go then.
  • Been practicing my Mixed Martial Art skills out on JP. He wanted to fight the other day and started talking smack. I didn't feel like it so I asked, "Are you sure you want to ride this train right now boy??" He responded with a cocky, "Choo Choo..." Then he punched me in the nose. I would tell you guys what I did, but I don't need any calls from child services.

Monday, November 9, 2009

It's In Your Underwear

JP is a funny kid. The older he gets, the more he understands, and I love nothing more than to sit down with him and have a conversation. Even before Megan and I had JP, I would picture myself having those deep talks with him.

But I guess I overestimated his ability to comprehend:

My parents were here Saturday, and they wanted to take JP and buy him a new toy. I told JP he could only go if he brought me his money (I have been giving him a dollar every once in awhile) and helped buy the toy. You know... I'm trying to teach the boy some responsibility... toys cost money. Anyway, he takes off running to his room excited to get his money. He comes back asking where his money was. Megan didn't like his hiding spot so she moved it and put it under his underwear in his drawer. So when he asked where it was, Megan confidently said, "Baby, it's in your underwear." JP runs back to his room... gone for a few seconds... and he comes back saying no it's not!! So the argument begins: "It's in your underwear... No it's not... Yes it is... No it's not!!!" Finally, JP confident in his statement drops his pants (and his underwear) and says, "See MOM!! I told you!!"

JP is a funny kid

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Q & A

I spent some time on today...maybe my new favorite website. I read several interviews he had done with people like John Bloom. I thought to myself, "Hey!! It would be cool to be interviewed." Then reality struck and I soon remembered that I'm not that important. If I was though... these are some of the questions I would hope to be asked and their answers.

1. What did you do before you came to Ebenezer?
- I've been in the ministry for the past 6 years. I've served at Louisville Baptist in Louisville, AL; First Baptist in Abbeville, AL; and Southern Heights Baptist in Berryville Arkansas. God in His amazing sovereignty has sent me through these places to grow in very specific areas of my life and I'm deeply thankful for that. A need for good theology has been the biggest thing I've learned from serving in the churches. I've made amazing friends and seen God change hearts. Good Times

2. What kind of Bible do you use?
- The English Standard version is my favorite. New American Standard is also great... it just doesn't flow as well to me. I did receive my first King James Version the other day so I'm pretty excited about that. Don't make fun of me

3. What do you do for fun?
- My wife and kids are the coolest, funniest people I know, so I definitely like to spend as much time with them as I can. Golf, basketball, fantasy sports, reading, and good movies I really enjoy,

4. What do you do during the week?
- Contrary to popular belief that youth pastors do nothing but speak on Wed. nights and go on trips, I work... a lot. I read a lot of blogs and watch a lot of youtube videos to stay updated on the cultural events that may effect our students and learn how to instruct them into godly living. I prepare messages, write curriculum, and plan events. I have the best job in the world where I get to be Gospel-centered in everything I do.

5. If you weren't in the ministry, what would you do?
- For sure play in the NBA. But if they were too blind to see the talent before them, I would like to work somewhere doing maintenance work. Fixing things makes me feel more like a man. Or work in a bookstore.

6. Who are your favorite authors/preachers?
- John Piper, Spurgeon, Matt Chandler, Mark Driscoll, CJ Mahaney, Francis Chan, Kent Hughes... there are tons. I don't by any means agree with everything all these guys say (Piper is probably the closest) but there are many things I glean from each. Guys like Paul Washer, Leonard Ravenhill, and any of your youtube sermon jam guys are great clip getters...

7. Who are the most influential people in your life you personally know?
- I've learned a ton from a lot of people. My dad taught me how to work... even when you don't want to because it is our job to provide for the family. Michael Whitt was the first person ever to show me how to read the bible correctly and what good theology is. Andy Blankenship taught me that there are hills worth dying on. Phillip Weems showed me authentic worship goes past music and spills into lives. Ryan Johnson and Greg Key are the pinnacle of youth pastors. David Bradshaw teaches me constantly the calling of godly perseverance. Matthew Cook is teaching me how to preach with Scriptural authority. My wife taught me humility and submission. I could do this all day... I'm blessed.

8. Favorite Music?
- Gospel Centered... Shane and Shane, David Crowder Band, Fee, Charlie Hall, Jesus Culture, Hillsong, The good stuff. Come Thou Fount, In Christ Alone, Marvelous Light, and I will Rise are some of my favorite songs.

9. What's you favorite passage of Scripture?
- Acts 20:24 changed my life. 2 Corinthians 2:17 where Paul proclaims that he is not like many, peddlers of God's word also is a huge scriptural motivation to stay faithful to the calling. 2 Timothy 2:15, Colossians 1, Philippians 3, Hebrews 11, 12, 13, James 1:26-27... Just to name a few.

10. Whats the first verse you remember memorizing?
- Well I wasn't raised in church, so the childhood classics of John 3:16 and Genesis 1:1 I really didn't know till later. Hebrews 4:12 is the first one I can ever remember... or maybe 1 Corinthians 10:13. One of those two.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall Festival Fun

Me and Pastor Matt arguing about who is better looking

JP's Tennessee mullett flapping in the wind

Me being the Minister of Education/Students... and dominating little kids in musical chairs

Good Friends...

My white tiger (Megan says he's a zebra but don't listen to her) and my little Redneck Tennessee fan.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Picture Moments

Proud Grandad
Proud Grandad walking JP back from peeing on the tree
Megan was quick to jump into action when the dumptruck got stuck in the yard
Proud... and beautiful mom
Funny face
I kinda like him...
Macbook entertainment
Pastor's kids at the Apple Orchard
Pastor's kids getting messy with some suckers

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday Mind Dump

  • I'm preaching Sunday and I'm pretty excited. 2 Corinthians 2:12-17. I'm not good with coming up with catchy title messages... so if you like read the passage and throw one down for me. You'll for sure get all the credit. Unless it's really good
  • Went to the Apple Orchard with the Senior Adults today. It's always good to spend time with them. They are sincerely sweet people who love the Lord.
  • My wife is amazing. She is still insanely gifted with keeping up with 2 kids, the house, church, and everything else while still dealing with me. I'm blessed
  • Playing basketball with some guys tonight. Good times
  • Being an Alabama fan in Tennessee is not really that difficult. Especially when Alabama is rolling.
  • Does anyone else's wife make things up?? They'll say you said something and you know it was never said??!! Thats frustrating.
  • Tennessee fans remind me a lot of Arkansas fans last year. "Oh, how we hate our quarterback!!"
  • I do miss the consistency of those Arkansas fans... Hearing those guys call the hogs even when they are down 4 touchdowns. Except maybe for Allen and Marci... They just looked disgusted:)